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ADT Home Security and Automation in Los Angeles, California

by Laura Schmitz on February 16, 2018

Help Protect Your Home in LA

with our ADT Monitored Security Property Protection Guide

Los Angeles, California skyline

No matter what attracted you to Los Angeles in the first place, the City of Angels will keep you entertained and inspired for years to come as a booming metropolis of scenic beauty and international acclaim. Whether you favor a stroll through the illustrious Hollywood Hall of Fame, an enchanting experience at Disneyland, or a getaway at one of Malibu’s secluded beaches, Los Angeles can give you a level of variety that is nearly unparalleled in the United States.

Yet, with such a robust selection of attractions and more than 3.9 million people who call Los Angeles home, it’s no wonder this city also has its fair share of crime. With that in mind, you might find yourself wondering, “What are the best security companies near me?” Bolster your household with a top-of-the-line ADT Monitored security system.

Below you’ll find everything you need to know about an ADT Monitored security system, Los Angeles, from comparisons of packages and the installation process to tips on keeping your home as safe as possible.

ADT Monitored Security Systems in LA

Whether you’re a young family just getting your start in Playa Del Rey or you’ve lived in Bradbury for  more than 30 years, there is an ADT monitored security system that suits your needs. And a wide variety of equipment and services are available from Protect Your Home, an ADT Authorized Premier Provider. You can choose from the most basic essentials to a more in-depth combination with all the bells and whistles.

Need help making an informed decision? View our complete overview of prices and packages or call us at 1-855-694-2561.

Basic Package starts at $27.99/mo

  • Security monitoring
  • Equipment includes: wireless control panel, door/window sensors, small pet-immune motion detector, window stickers, and yard signs
  • Landline required
  • $99 Installation cost
  • Most affordable package

Basic Wireless starts at $48.99/mo:

  • Wireless security monitoring
  • Includes the same equipment as a basic package, plus an intelligent key fob
  • Includes CellGuard®, which connects you wirelessly to ADT monitoring centers
  • Perfect for wireless houses

Pulse®: starting at $52.99/mo

  • Wireless security monitoring
  • Includes the same equipment as the Basic Wireless package
  • Includes ADT Pulse®, a system that gives you total security system control from any web-enabled device, anywhere in the world
  • Gives you immediate mobile security notifications
  • Perfect for homeowners who want maximum anytime, anywhere control

Pulse® + Video starts at $58.99/mo

  • Wireless security monitoring
  • Includes the same equipment as the ADT Pulse® package plus video cameras
  • Access video surveillance footage on-the-go using ADT Pulse®
  • Perfect for on-the-go homeowners who want anytime access to their security systems along with video surveillance for added protection

Answers to Your Questions About Installation in Los Angeles

As soon as you’ve nailed down the package you want for your Los Angeles home, it’s time to get it installed! Each package from Protect Your Home offers professional installation by a local LA technician. We’ve compiled a list of some top customer questions to streamline the process:

How Do I Schedule Professional Installation?

Online Orders

If you choose to order your security system online, you’ll be asked a series of questions in the online form, including the most convenient date and time to have a home security technician visit your house to set up your equipment and activate your system.

Phone Orders

If you order your security system over the phone, you will be asked about your availability to set up a personalized installation date and time with a home security technician. If for any reason you need to reschedule your installation appointment, simply call 1-855-694-2561.

 

ADT Professional Home Security System Installation

How Long Will Installation Take?

When accounting for everything from equipment set up to activating your new system, installation of your home security system could take one hour or more. Since an adult needs to be present for the entire installation process, we recommend you plan to be home for a few hours and be prepared with your credit card for payment.

How Should I Prepare for my Installation Appointment?

You can prepare for installation day in a few simple ways. Start by creating your MyADT account. Once you sign up, you can order yard signs, view your bill, add emergency contacts, and more, all through your online account.

Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your home is ready on installation day:

  • Ensure your high-speed internet and WiFi are functioning correctly and with no connectivity problems.
  • For a traditional security system, double check your landline for connectivity.
  • Update your computer with the current versions of Apple QuickTime and Java. You may also need to update your computer’s operating system to the latest version.
  • Download the ADT Pulse® smartphone app.
  • Keep pets secure in another room.
  • Trim foliage away from windows if you are installing window sensors.
  • Brainstorm potential locations for cameras, if applicable.
  • Have your contract ready for the technician to review.

How Much Does Installation Cost?

The total price for professional installation varies based on what package you choose. For instance, if you choose the Basic Package, installation starts at $99, and installation prices increase as package prices do, because they include additional equipment and services. All installation costs are one-time fees. To verify the unique cost for your security system installation, give us a call on one of these customer service numbers.

Do I Need to Be Home During My Scheduled Installation Time?

Yes. Someone over the age of 18 who can speak for the needs and information of your household must be present while the technician installs your ADT monitored security system. Please remember to have your payment method and contract available at the time of installation.

What Do I Need to Do After Installation?

You’re all set! We recommend first creating a MyADT account and updating your contact information, bill paying preferences, and emergency contact information, and requesting insurance certificates. Then, feel free to start exploring your new system. Check out the various settings of your security system on the wireless keypad that comes included in all home security packages, practice arming and disarming your system or testing the door and window sensors, and, if you have a high-definition video camera, get to know the recording features and monitoring options. Lastly, update your settings after you use the system for a few days to maximize personalization and help your home remain as safe and protected as possible with the best home security camera system for you.

Find Instant Customer Service in Los Angeles

Whether you’re looking for technical support or have questions about billing, customer service can provide you with a quick and comprehensive solution. For immediate 24/7 support, call us at 1-855-694-2561. You can also click here to request a phone call at your earliest convenience.

If you don’t need immediate help or you prefer online assistance, browse the links below. Bear in mind that if you email instead of call, you can typically expect a response within 72 hours:

Get Your Home up to LA Regulations with the Help of an ADT Monitored Security System

As the second most populous city in the US, less populated only than New York City, Los Angeles is brimming with opportunity, sights, and adventure. It also comes with its fair share of rules and regulations to help its residents stay as safe as possible.

When choosing to install a home security system, there are a few inherent regulations required by the city of Los Angeles. To avoid needless fines and abide by the law to the best of your ability, make sure you educate yourself on LA’s laws regarding home security systems. To get you started off on the right foot, we’ve got the scoop on all the latest security system laws and regulations as you adjust to your new ADT monitored security system.

Apply and Register for Home Security Alarms

In Los Angeles, it’s required by law that you register your alarm with the Los Angeles Police Department. First, you must apply to install a home security alarm. Once it’s installed, you must register your ADT monitored security system, here.

For more information on LA regulations for home security systems, visit the LAPD alarm FAQ section.

Alarm permits

In the city of Los Angeles, you are required by law to have a permit to use a home security alarm. The cost of an alarm permit is $43, and the cost to renew it is $30. You are required to display your permit on the outside of your house, so that it is visible to police officers if or when they come to the premises in the event of a home robbery.

You’ll be charged a whopping $289 for a false alarm triggered without a permit as opposed to $189 if triggered with a permit. Those fees increase with every additional false trigger. Save money and abide by the law, and register or renew your alarm.

False Alarms: Do They Really Matter?

We certainly think so. Since triggering a false alarm (an alert that is sent to the police department when no crime occurred) can squander city resources and money, you’ll be hit with serious fines if they go off accidentally.

Common False Alarm Triggers You Can Avoid

Since false alarms can carry with them a hefty fine, wasting police officers time, and hitting you with a lot of extra bureaucratic hoops to jump through, it’s best to avoid them altogether whenever possible! At Your Local Security, we’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest culprits in triggering false alarms, so you can know how to help avoid them:

  • Windows and doors left ajar. As the most vulnerable entrances to your home, doors and windows must remain closed and locked to create the safest home. If you leave a window even slightly cracked or you don’t lock your door and it accidentally swings open, your ADT monitored security system sees this as a burglar and will call the police station on your behalf, spurring  a false alarm.
  • Inclement weather. Your ADT monitored security system is designed to withstand many types of weather, but extreme winds like those of hurricanes or intense rain could potentially trigger your alarm. To avoid this mother nature-inspired false alert, make sure you track the weather and plan to be home or disarm your system during particularly powerful storms.
  • Canines and felines. Pets, especially larger ones like cats and dogs, can inadvertently set off an alert, especially when you’re not home. Be sure to invest in pet-immune sensors—which track human movement but overlook the motion of smaller animals—so you can have peace of mind whenever you leave your cuddly creatures behind.
  • Old equipment or batteries. Outdated equipment and batteries can fail more easily, signaling a problem—and therefore a false alarm—to your local police station. Keep your equipment and batteries up to date to help minimize false triggers and maintain a safer home.
  • Too many code attempts. If you try to enter your ADT monitored security system code more than a couple times, the system is designed to send an alert that someone might be trying to break into your home. Make sure you have the arm/disarm code memorized, so you can keep from alerting the police when you simply lost track of a few numbers.
  • Objects placed by sensors. Things like heavy or flowy drapes, holiday decorations, and even pets can catch a sensor and trigger an alarm, so it’s best to keep all obstructions far away from your sensors to keep from accidentally triggering one.

Additional Steps to Help Avoid False Alarms

In most cases, you can avoid triggering false alarms for your home security system by being aware of a few simple tips. Check out our list of easy ways to keep from accidentally summoning the police to your home.

  • Check and replace batteries often.For battery-powered security systems, be sure to keep a note of when you install the batteries and replace them often to ensure your system is functioning at full power.
  • Memorize your code.Make sure you can quickly remember this code, but others wouldn’t be able to crack it. We don’t recommend including any personal information, such as your birthday, address, or other PIN numbers. Be sure to jot it down and keep in a safe location.
  • Consider pet-friendly sensors. It can be irritating—and costly—to have the alarm go off every time your cat saunters by the sensor. Luckily, there are pet-immune sensors that detect human motion but ignore the movement of smaller animals. Consider choosing these, especially if you own multiple pets.
  • Ensure your family or roommates know how to use the alarm.False alarms often occur simply from a lack of knowledge on how to operate the system. Be sure to train your household members (and maybe even a neighbor!) on how to use your system to help prevent a false alarm.
  • Be aware of obstructions.Take care in adjusting furniture or hanging new photos, drapes, or frames to ensure you don’t accidentally trip an alarm.

A Few Safe, Family-Friendly LA Neighborhoods

Land a job in the City of Angels and need a few hints on where to plant your feet? From Chinatown to Bel-Air, the boroughs of Los Angeles are as diverse as its many residents. Check out some of our top picks for safe, affordable neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area.

Sherman Oaks: Located in the Valley, Sherman Oaks is a lovely little suburban community—the perfect setting for young families. With a walkability score of 62 and schools like Dixie Canyon Community Charter with an elementary school ranking of 9/10, Sherman Oaks is an ideal setting to raise kids in a safe, nurturing environment.

Beverlywood: A small neighborhood (only .79 square miles!) on a wealthier side of West Los Angeles, Beverlywood ranks low on incidents of violent crime and gives its residents a tight-knit community feel.

Chatsworth Reservoir: This charming neighborhood ranks as the #1 safest place to live in LA, according to Niche. It earned itself an A- in overall safety, and a C+ in schools.

Westwood: Home to the University of California at Los Angeles, Westwood combines a college-town feel with neighborhoods still perfect for a family.

Encino: Located in the Valley, Encino is a perfect option for families looking for a fresh but suburban living situation. In fact, Niche gives Encino an overall A- grade.

Map of Los Angeles, California NeighborhoodsThings to Do in Los Angeles

Considering a move to Los Angeles or lived here for a while but want to play tourist for some out-of-town guests? Take a peek at a few of our top picks for fun, LA-exclusive activities:

Griffith Observatory: Nestled on Mount Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory offers stunning views of Los Angeles as well as the cosmos above. Check out the impressive planetarium—or even host a star party for the kiddos!

Third Street Promenade: Set against the charming backdrop of Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade is a three-block stretch of pedestrian-only shopping, music, street performing, and more. Spend an afternoon or take a few friends to spend the whole day.

Chinatown: After you’ve gotten your fill of some of the best local Chinese cuisine at places like Yang Chow Restaurant or Chego’s, head on over to the Wishing Well or take a stroll through some of the many statuesque Pagoda-style buildings of LA’s Chinatown.

The Getty Center: For art aficionados of all genres, The Getty Center might just be a perfect fit. As a sprawling, 2-campus fine art museum, The Getty Center features the Getty Villa located in Malibu and the larger J. Paul Getty Museum in the Brentwood neighborhood, and houses work from artists hailing from all over the world.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum: Fun fo

r the whole family, the La Brea Tar Pits are an LA gem located along the Miracle Mile and packed with activities for kids and parents alike. Jump back millions of years to relive the era of the dinosaurs with exhibits like Ice Age time capsules, excavations observations, and more.

Areas in LA with Above Average Crime

It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that just as they are a host of family-friendly locales in the greater Los Angeles area, there are also certain neighborhoods that contribute more to the Los Angeles crime rate. As a homeowner or renter, you might be wondering, “What is the rate of crime near me?” Knowing which neighborhoods tend to see the most property crime, and even arrests for those crimes, can help you choose a home in area that is less likely to experience theft. According to the LA Times 2017 Crime Map, Santa Susana Mnts, Rancho Park, Chesterfield Square, Fairfax, and Rancho Dominguez are at the top of the list for property crime in Los Angeles.

Help Prevent Property Crime in LA

A home robbery can knock you back thousands of dollars in a blink. That’s why it’s best to stop burglars before they even try to break in. Since thieves tend to scope out a home’s susceptibilities before striking, here are some surefire tips to minimize those weak spots and keep your Los Angeles home as safe and secure as possible.

Guard Against Break-Ins with These 7 Safety Tips:

  1. Secure All Entrances:That’s right: lock your doors, folks! This easy step is often overlooked, especially for those living in one of the many perceived safe neighborhoods of LA. When you invest in ADT monitored smart locks, you can lock your door remotely via the ADT Pulse® app when you need to leave the house in a hurry.
  2. Leave Those Lights On:Keeping your house well lit can make all the difference when helping to prevent your home from being targeted for theft. Know you’ll be hanging out at the James Ervin Japanese Garden and won’t be home until after sunset, but don’t want to leave a lamp on all day long? Save energy by using ADT monitored smart lighting system that allows you to control your lighting from your mobile device no matter what end of the Valley you’re on.
  3. Invest in a Home Security System: Installing a home monitoring system, especially one equipped with surveillance and sensors, is one of the most effective ways to help prevent theft, according to a study by Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. With an ADT monitored security system paired with your choice of equipment, features, and smart home devices you can bolster the security of your home immediately.
  4. Join Neighborhood Watch:Getting involved in a local neighborhood watch campaign can increase the security not only of your home but the entire neighborhood as well. To learn more about the LAPD’s neighborhood initiatives, check out its community policing programs.
  5. Ask Your Next-Door Neighbor:If you’re going to be away from home for an extended time, consider asking someone who lives on your street to keep an an extra out for suspicious activity, take in your mail, or even shovel the driveway on snowy days to keep your home looking freshly lived in.
  6. Maintain That Foliage: Criminals are often looking for a more discreet way to enter a home than traipsing through the front door. It might be surprising to imagine, but tall trees and large bushes can act as  natural ladders that thieves use to sneak into second story windows or attics. Ensure that large trees and foliage stay well groomed and a safe distance away from windows.
  7. Make Yard Signs Visible:Even the little act of displaying your ADT Monitoring signs prominently in your front yard can serve as a deterrent to potential thieves, who will be more likely to attempt to rob a home where they know there is no security system.

 

Add Remote Control with an ADT Monitored Security System in Los Angeles

When you’re out on the town but suddenly remember you forgot to shut the garage—where you store your new bike and other expensive sports equipment—remote control of your devices could potentially save you thousands.

The following ADT monitored security features allow you to remotely manage settings to a variety of equipment and services for your ADT monitored security system. You don’t even need a WiFi connection.

Garage door control

An open garage door is one of the easiest access points to your home, making it a tempting entrance and gateway for a burglar. Not only might you keep expensive possessions, such as motorcycles, vehicles, machinery, and tools, in your garage, but it often leads directly into your home as well. A garage door controller gives you complete, hands-on management over your garage door from almost anywhere via your smartphone. That way, if you think you might have forgotten to close it before heading off to work, you can double check on your ADT Pulse® app.

Smart door locks

You’ll never have to run to the store to hurriedly make copies of your house keys for the dog walker when you invest in smart door locks. These next-gen door locks don’t require keys and can increase your security and save you time as they allow you to lock and unlock your front door right from your smartphone. You can choose to let in a delivery person you trust, a house sitter when you’re on vacation, or double check that you’ve locked your door even after you’ve left.

Burglary monitoring

In every home security system, ADT offers 24/7 burglary monitoring by trained experts. You’ll have eyes watching over your home to help catch threats even when you’re asleep. With ADT Monitoring, you’ll get alerts to suspicious activity or dangers. The company’s trained professionals can even get in touch with emergency personnel when you can’t be home, so you can have added peace of mind no matter where you are.

Remotely arm and disarm your alarm system

The ADT Pulse® app gives you total control over your entire Los Angeles home security system—right from your fingertips. Choose “arm away” or “arm stay,” get notified about broken sensors, and even set up alerts when your home is unarmed with this convenient app.

Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors can sense even a fraction of an increase in this toxic gas, allowing you to get your family to safety before any true harm is done. Since carbon monoxide is a silent and invisible gas, it’s essential to equip your home with constant monitoring to maintain healthy oxygen levels in your home.

In addition, smoke detectors give you a heads up immediately upon a hint of smoke rising from a brewing fire. These specialized sensors can pick up on smoke much more quickly than a human nose, and can help give you life-saving time to get out of the house.

Immediate emergency help

Once your ADT monitored system senses and triggers a sensor or alarm, ADT Monitoring professionals will contact you or emergency personnel in the event that you are unable to answer. No matter what situation you are in, ADT is always ready to assist during an emergency.

Get the Latest in AI Home Tech by Adding Home Automation for your ADT Monitored System in LA

Be at the forefront of AI home technology and increase the efficiency and convenience to your home with home automation in LA. Check out some of our top surveillance equipment and security services, including some of the best home security cameras, to see how ADT monitored home automation could fit into your lifestyle. (Equipment and features may vary by state and provider. Please speak with a representative for available equipment in your area).

Video surveillance

Catch criminals in the act (or your dog getting into the trash can!) with video surveillance cameras. Combined with motion sensors, these cameras can detect movement, see in nightvision, record footage, and even send alerts to your mobile device when they sense suspicious activity. Plus, you can change settings and monitor the feed of your security cameras for home right from the ADT Pulse® app. Choose from a variety of camera options to build the best home security camera system for you.

Smart thermostats

Smart thermostats are at the forefront of streamlined living through home automation. Tend to turn up the heat as you’re about to curl up with a good book at 8pm? Or perhaps you turn it down as you head off to work? Your smart thermostat takes notice, and after a few days it will adjust the temperature settings accordingly. Maximize your energy efficiency and shave time off your daily routine when you choose smart thermostats.

Amazon Echo’s Alexa(™) gives you voice control over your home

She’s the future of home automation. Now, using just your WiFi signal, you can not only control your home from your smartphone, but you can manage settings with just the sound of your voice. Have your hands tied up cooking or folding laundry? Simply speak commands, such as “Alexa, lock the front door” or “Alexa, show me Camera 2,” to Amazon Echo’s Alexa™,­ and she’ll make your desired changes.

Monitor your front porch from your smartphone with a video doorbell

Expecting a package from Amazon to arrive any minute but can’t swing a trip home in between meetings? An ADT monitored video doorbell might just be your answer. Giving you a wide viewing radius of your entire front entrance and the ability to speak with anyone on your doorstep, you can tell the delivery person to leave your package in a safer location or let the dog-walker in while you’re on a trip to Universal Studios with the family. No matter who comes to your door, a video doorbell allows you to appear home to outsiders for increased security and added convenience.

Remote lighting control

Having a neighbor come over to water your plants every weeknight while you’re away? Flip on a light for them as they enter your house—even if you’re on the other side of the country. ADT monitored remote lighting control lets you manage your synced lighting fixtures directly from your smartphone to save on your monthly energy bill and increase security.

Personalized settings

Every lifestyle is unique, and we want your home security system to be able to reflect that. After you’ve installed a ADT monitored security system, you’ll be able to customize your settings however you wish, adding ease, efficiency, and personalization to your day-to-day routine.

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Long Term Protection in LA with an ADT Monitored Security System

To make the most of your time in the greater Los Angeles area, just remember to keep safety first. Investing in an ADT Monitored Security System can help you rest easy, feeling safeguarded by America’s #1 security company. With so many things to do to make your sunny California days even more bright, we’re sure you’ll love your life in LA.

 

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ADT Home Security and Automation in Atlanta, Georgia

by Kylie McQuarrie on February 16, 2018

Atlanta, Georgia Skyline. Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown skyline.

 

Live in Atlanta?

Read Our Guide To Total Home Protection

 

What do you love most about living Atlanta? Is it the beauty of the Appalachian foothills and nearby outdoor activities? Is it the perks of living in a city of half a million people with a bustling downtown hub and one of the nation’s largest GDPs? Or is it living at the nexus of several major highways and railroads that easily connect you to the rest of the South?

Whatever your reasons for living in Atlanta, and whether you’re a single adult, a young working professional, or the parent of young kids, the city offers countless benefits. But, just like in any major city, life in Atlanta comes with its share of risks. According to FBI data, over 30,000 property crimes were committed in Atlanta in 2016. The city also experienced nearly 6,000 counts of violent crime, over 8,000 burglaries, and 17,741 counts of larceny/theft.

Most frighteningly, Atlanta experiences one of the highest homicide rates in the country—more than Chicago and other large cities. In fact, even though crime as a whole has declined both nationwide and in Atlanta, the murder rate in Atlanta went up an astonishing 32% in the first half of 2016 alone.     

But just because you live in a large, crime-prone city doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your safety. One way to increase your peace of mind and help protect your family and property could be to invest in a security system.

If you’re new to the city or simply interested in learning more about how an ADT Monitored security system could help you, keep reading. The team at Protect Your Home (PYH), an ADT premier provider, will tell you all about how you can get in touch with Protect Your Home to get an ADT monitored security system in Atlanta, what packages and pieces of equipment you can choose from, and much, much more.

Find Out About ADT Monitoring Pricing and Packages in Atlanta

ADT, through Protect Your Home, an ADT Monitoring premier provider, offers several monitoring options designed to meet the unique needs of homeowners across Atlanta. No matter your budget or safety and security goals, there’s a package here for you. You can see a complete overview of prices and packages on the packages page. Alternatively, keep reading to get a brief overview of Defenders package prices, installation fees, and equipment. You can order your package or ask questions about ADT monitoring costs anytime at  1-855-694-2561.

Basic Package starts at $27.99/mo

  • Security monitoring
  • Equipment includes: wireless control panel, door/window sensors, small pet-immune motion detector, window stickers, and yard signs
  • Landline required
  • $99 Installation cost
  • Most affordable package

Basic Wireless starts at $48.99/mo:

  • Wireless security monitoring
  • Includes the same equipment as a basic package, plus an intelligent key fob
  • Includes CellGuard®, which connects you wirelessly to ADT monitoring centers
  • Perfect for wireless houses

Pulse®: starting at $52.99/mo

  • Wireless security monitoring
  • Includes the same equipment as the Basic Wireless package
  • Includes ADT Pulse®, a system that gives you total security system control from any web-enabled device, anywhere in the world
  • Gives you immediate mobile security notifications
  • Perfect for homeowners who want maximum anytime, anywhere control

Pulse® + Video starts at $58.99/mo

  • Wireless security monitoring
  • Includes the same equipment as the ADT Pulse® package plus video cameras
  • Access video surveillance footage on-the-go using ADT Pulse®
  • Perfect for on-the-go homeowners who want anytime access to their security systems along with video surveillance for added protection

Get Local Help at a Nearby ADT Office

Wondering where ADT Monitoring is located in Atlanta? Good news: there are several ADT branches across the city. Drop by one of Atlanta’s ADT offices to ask questions about local pricing and services in person. To schedule installations or purchase ADT Monitored systems, you must order by calling 1-855-694-2561.

Don’t have time to drive to a local location? Don’t worry. You can get a free quote online or order your security package from Protect Your Home, an ADT Premier Provider, by calling 1-855-694-2561.

 

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Get All the Info You Need on Installation in Atlanta Here

Deciding on the right ADT monitoring security package is the hardest part, not least because there are so many options. But once you make the choice, the process is smooth sailing. Professional Protect Your Home installation is as simple as possible. Keep reading for answers to all of your questions about Protect Your Home installation in the Atlanta, GA, region.

How Do I Schedule a Professional Installation?

 If you order your security package online, you can immediately schedule a professional installation then and there. You’ll be asked to list the most convenient date and time for a security expert to visit and set up and activate your equipment. If you order your ADT Monitoring system over the phone, the representative you talk to will ask you about your preferred installation date and time.

Do you need to reschedule your installation after you schedule the time? No problem! Call 1-855-694-2561.

How Long Will Installation Take?

Installation will likely take an hour or more to complete. An adult needs to be on-site during the entire process. They should be prepared to spend a few hours at home while the professional technician completes the process. Whoever remains at home for the installation should have a credit card available to pay for installation. Learn more about costs below.

How Should I Prepare for my Installation Appointment?

You can save time on installation day by preparing your home and system in advance. Start by creating your MyADT account. Once you sign up, you can order signs through your MyADT account, view your bill, add emergency contacts, and much more.

On the day of your scheduled installation, make sure your home is ready. Pets should be in a separate room in the house, out of the installer’s way. You should also have your contract out for the installer to look over.

If you opted for a traditional security system, make sure your landline functions correctly. Choose a four-digit lock code in advance so your installer can program the system correctly. If you choose a plan with wireless ADT Pulse®, you’ll have to take a few more steps online to prepare your home for activation before your installer arrives.

Again, to save time before your professional installer from Protect Your Home arrives, take these steps:

  • Ensure your high-speed internet and Wi-Fi are functioning correctly and with no connectivity problems.
  • Update your computer with the current versions of Apple QuickTime and Java. You may also need to update your computer’s operating system to the latest version.
  • Download the ADT Pulse® smartphone app.

Finally, if you chose a package with cameras, think about where you want to install your cameras. If you’re not sure about where to place cameras for maximum security, don’t worryyour Protect Your Home installation expert can make suggestions.

How Much Does Installation Cost?

Professional installation cost varies depending on which package you choose. For instance, if you choose the Basic Package, installation starts at $99. Other systems with more equipment cost slightly more to install. To learn more about how much installation costs, talk to the representative you order your package from, or call the Protect Your Home customer service number at 1-800-689-9554.  Regardless of the package you choose, your installation cost is a one-time fee.

Do I Need to Be Home During my Scheduled Installation Time?

Yes. You, as the homeowner, or another person over the age of 18 must remain on-site during the entire installation process. The person who stays on-site should have a copy of their ADT Monitoring contract available and a method of payment.

What Do I Need to Do After Installation?

After your installation, all you need to do is get to know your system. Explore your keypad’s settings and make sure you know how to arm and disarm your system. Additionally, if you haven’t already, you should create a MyADT account and set or update your bill payment preferences, emergency contact information, set travel reminders, and request insurance certificates.  

What If I’m a Renter, Not a Homeowner?

If you’re a renter concerned about security, check with your property management company or landlord about installing a security system.

If your property management company or landlord won’t consider adding a security system, read through the renter’s guide created by ADT. In general, renters are at a higher risk of experiencing break-ins than homeowners, so follow the tips listed in the guide to help improve your chances of staying safe at home.

Get Quick Customer Support in Atlanta

Whether you’re looking for technical support or have questions about billing, Protect Your Home customer service for your ADT Monitoring services can provide you with a quick and comprehensive solution. For immediate 24/7 support, call the Protect Your Home customer service number at  1-800-689-9554. You can also click here to request a phone call at your earliest convenience.

If you don’t need immediate help or you prefer online assistance, browse the links below. Bear in mind that if you email instead of call, you can typically expect a response within 72 hours:

  • Questions specific to your Pulse® account? Visit the customer service page for ADT Pulse® Customer Service in Canada and the US.
  • Prefer online service to over-the-phone aid? Visit the ADT help center to enter your question, toggle between common topics, or enter your information to request a phone call.   
  • Do you want to take care of billing and security tasks online? Use your ADT login information to monitor your security online through the MyADT portal.

Would you rather look up the answer to a technical question on your own? Browse ADT system user guides online.

Help Protect Your Household with ADT Monitoring in Atlanta

A booming metropolis at the heart of the southern United States, Atlanta is made up of 242 unique neighborhoods and home to a diverse population of more than 470,000 people—earning it the distinction of Georgia’s largest city.

With that amount of people and wide variety of regions, it’s wise to think about safety when considering a move to the ATL. To help equip you with everything you need to know about home security in Atlanta, we’ve compiled an ADT-backed guide to help you safeguard your Atlanta residence from property crime. To start off your life in a new city on the right foot, read through some of Atlanta’s rules and regulations on implementing a home security system in your household.

Register Home Security Alarms

To help lower the incidents of responding to false home security alarms, every Atlanta resident must register their home security alarm with the Atlanta Police Department. Register your Atlanta home security alarm, click here.

Ensure Your Alarms Help Atlanta

When you invest in a home security system, you get more than monitors, security cameras, and alarms. You also get quick access to the police in an emergency. This direct connection means your security system helps the police by quickly identifying crime scenes and, if you have security cameras, offering footage that can help resolve crimes like theft.

But false alarms—or instances where your alarm goes off but a crime hasn’t occurred—take a toll on the city’s resources and finances. They can also result in heavy fines. Read below to learn all about false alarms in Atlanta and what you can do to prevent them.

Why Do False Alarms Matter?

In 2012, the Atlanta Police Department responded to 65,000 security system alarm reports. Want to guess how many of those alarms were false alarms? The number isn’t quite 100%, but at a whopping 95%, the statistic isn’t much better.

Since many of these false alarms required a 911 call and visit from not just one but a handful of officers, they cost Atlanta’s emergency system time and money. They also draw officers away from real crimes that need to be dealt with as quickly as possible.

To help address the problem, the city of Atlanta implemented a false alarm reduction ordinance in 2013. Now, security system owners are required to register their alarm systems through CryWolf, a false alarm monitoring service that helps catalogue alarms and improve false alarm response and regulation efficiency.

Although Crywolf catalogues false alarms, the only group that can determine whether or not you’ll be issued a citation is the Atlanta Police Department. If you’re considering skipping out on registering, don’t—if you fail to register your system, you could be fined up to $150.

You can read through the entire Atlanta ordinance here.

Avoid These False Alarm Triggers

Want to avoid false alarms and the fines that go with them? The terms listed below are responsible for the majority of false alarms. To dodge fines, fees, and a nagging guilty conscience that comes from wasting police officers’ time, familiarize yourself with the top 6 reasons false alarms are triggered:

  • Pets. If you don’t have pet-immune motion sensors, your beloved furry family member could accidentally trigger an alert, resulting in one confused, loudly barking dog when the police show up in your absence.
  • Entering your code incorrectly. When a Protect Your Home professional installs your system, they will have you set a personalized code that lets you arm and disarm the system. Since burglars may try to stop the alarm by entering a code, using the wrong code two or more times might result in a call to the ADT Monitoring security center or police.
  • Failing to close windows and doors all the way. You might think you shut the front door all the way when you left for the morning, but if it didn’t shut completely, the wind blowing the door wider can trigger the alarm and a call to the local police station.
  • Placing objects near sensors. Like pets, large, bulky items can trigger motion sensors. For instance, holiday decorations that swirl when the heater kicks on can cause the motion sensors to falsely detect human motion.
  • Bad weather. Your alarm can stand up to most types of inclement weather, but strong winds, massive thunderstorms, and hurricanes could damage the system and cause it to send false alarms to local emergency responders.
  • Old equipment or batteries. Older equipment can malfunction, resulting in false alarms. In some old systems, dying batteries trigger the same reaction.

Want to Avoid Fines and False Alarms? Take These Precautions

In most cases, avoiding false alarms (and the associated fines) is straightforward and simple. Frustrated with your false alarms or new to a security system and want to do everything you can to avoid them? Here are 5 ways to avoid false alarms: 

  1. Memorize your code. Your code should be something easy for you to remember, but not easy enough that a burglar could easily guess it (like your birthday, or an easy series of numbers like 1111). If you worry about your memory, write the code down in a secure place that you can remember easily but that burglars can’t access, like on a note on your phone or in a locked drawer.
  2. Train family members to use the alarm correctly. If you have houseguests or children who disarm the system when they get home from school, make sure they know how to correctly arm and disarm your alarm. Otherwise, user error could result in a false alarm and fine.
  3. Keep an eye on your equipment. If you have a battery-powered security system, check the batteries and replace them as often as you do your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries. If you rely on old equipment, consider upgrading to newer models.
  4. Invest in pet-immune sensors. Most pet-immune sensors will ignore motion from smaller pets. If you have larger pets, consider keeping them in an area free of motion sensors when you’re out.
  5. Place objects and decorations away from sensors. When you’re hanging wreaths or installing new pictures, make sure you’re not accidentally obscuring the motion detectors.

Know Before You Go: Atlanta Crime Map

Headed to Atlanta for your next big move? By studying the Atlanta crime rate across the various city neighborhoods, you can make an educated decision on choosing where to call home.

Like any major city, Atlanta is home to a diverse array of neighborhoods—from Atlantic Station to Cascade Heights—some booming with job opportunities or things to do, others with high cost of living or frequent incidents of crime. Take a peek at this local-inspired list to get a better idea of what you can expect.

Atlanta Crime Map

2017 Best Family-Friendly Atlanta Neighborhoods

When choosing a place to call home in Atlanta, there can be a lot to consider when it comes to finding that perfect spot for everyone in your household. Here are our Top 5 picks for family-friendly neighborhoods in Atlanta, based on proximity to quality education, walkability or driveability, greenspaces, and lower crime rates. Whether you prefer an urban feel, wide-open spaces, walkability, or historical significance, there’s a place for you and your family in Atlanta.

  1. Inman Park – With a population of just 4,000 and a walkability score of 88, Inman Park enjoys a serene and peaceful atmosphere filled with quaint homes, plenty of eateries, and the lush green space that gives it its name. Inman Park is also home to the 10/10 Zillow-rated Inman Middle School to educate your kiddos as they grow up.
  2. Midtown – A densely populated but pedestrian friendly neighborhood, Midtown is a top destination for building your family if you’re looking for a more lively environment. Coming in at #15 for school districts according to Niche and ripe with plenty of activities for the whole clan, Midtown is a fantastic option for families of all ages.
  3. North Decatur – Less expensive than its Decatur cousin and with a lower crime rate, North Decatur is a clear pick for Atlanta families. With its close proximity to downtown and central Decatur, North Decatur is equipped with quality schools, green spaces, and plenty of opportunities to teach your kids about Georgia’s history.
  4. Candler Park – Rich in history and home to the 55-acre namesake green space, Candler Park is an excellent choice to bring up your kiddos. Lin Elementary School even scores at a 10/10 Zillow rating. Plus, you can take the whole family to the annual Fall Fest to make fun, wholesome family memories.
  5. Mountain Park – Want a little more scenery and access to outdoor adventures? Look no further than Mountain Park, Atlanta’s charming suburb on the eastern side of the BeltLine. Give your kiddos plenty of room to grow and places to explore with the beautiful backdrop Mountain Park offers.

Atlanta Regions with Higher Incidents of Crime

Just as there are plenty of family-friendly neighborhoods in A-town, there are few regions to think twice about before packing up your bags. In fact, Atlanta was recently named one of America’s top murder capitals, according to FBI Uniform Crime Data.

But it’s possible to stay safer when you know what areas are best to avoid, including neighborhoods on the western end of Atlanta, such as Grove Park and Bankhead. For a detailed look into the crime statistics of specific Atlanta neighborhoods, visit the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

How to Help Prevent Property Crime in Atlanta

Potential criminals often scope out a home to look for vulnerabilities before making a burglary attempt. That’s why it’s important to keep your home appearing secure and consistently inhabited. Fortunately, there are some easy habits you can instill to make your Atlanta home less appealing to criminals on the lookout for their next target.

7 Ways to Guard Against Break-Ins with These Simple Safety Tips: 

  1. Leave it Illuminated: Keeping on a light or two is an easy deterrent for burglars seeking a sleuthy nighttime entrance. Going to be home after dark since you have plans to watch a play at Fox Theatre, but want it to appear as though you arrived home hours earlier? With ADT’s smart lighting system, you can flip on a light no matter where you are in Atlanta and beyond—directly from your smart phone.
  2. Install a Home Security System: Setting up a home security system has been found to help prevent robberies, according to a study by Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. The study showed that even criminals intent on breaking into a particular home are likely to abandon their efforts upon discovering an installed security system. Lower the likelihood of a household intrusion at your Atlanta residence with an ADT monitored security system.
  3. Keep Doors Locked: This one might seem obvious, but it’s often taken for granted. Securing your doors and other entrances significantly decreases your chance of becoming a victim of Atlanta crime. What if you realize you forgot to lock the door when you’re already miles away?Smart door locks allow you to keep tabs on your front door no matter you are via the ADT Pulse® app.
  4. Trim Tall Trees: Don’t give criminals an easy way in. Tall trees near second-floor windows pose as a tempting option for someone looking to sneak into your home without getting caught. Keep trees and other foliage well groomed and away from windows to help prevent a break-in.
  5. Sign Up for Neighborhood Watch: A neighborhood watch program invites members of the community to sync up with law enforcement to keep an extra eye out for suspicious activity. To learn more about the Atlanta Police Department’s neighborhood initiatives, check out its community policing programs.
  6. Get to Know the Neighbors: Building relationships with your fellow streetmates means you’ll have extra sets of eyes to notice potential suspicious activity near your home. Plus, if you plan a longer vacation away from home, neighbors are a great source for taking out the trash and picking up the mail so your home maintains a lived-in look.
  7. Display Those Yard Signs: Have a home security system installed but don’t like the look of those yard signs? Although they might not be the most aesthetically pleasing, these unassuming yard signs may help to deter criminals. Simply place them in clearly visible locations around your home to instantly up the safety of your residence.

What Features can be Added to an ADT Monitored Home Security System in Atlanta?*

* Not all features are provided by Protect Your Home.

Once you’ve set up shop in the Big Peach, it’s time to take measures to protect your family and valuables by installing an ADT alarm system. Having remote control over your household is one great way to keep intruders at bay. The following ADT security Atlanta features can be accessed via the ADT app to help protect what matters most to you from almost any location.

Garage door control
With an ADT monitored garage door controller, you get unprecedented control over a major entrance to your home. Since a garage is both a great place to store common valuables—like bicycles, tools, and cars—and an easy access point to your home, it’s important to take every precaution when securing this sensitive area.

Smart door locks
You’ll never have to wonder if you accidentally forgot to lock your door while you’re running from activity to activity. From the ADT Pulse® app, you can verify whether you locked your door—and even lock it remotely from almost anywhere. That means you can increase your peace of mind about the security of your primary entrance as well as have the ability to let in a neighbor to water your plants or walk the dog while you’re on vacation.

Burglary monitoring
To round out the security and home automation features of your ADT-backed home, ADT offers burglary monitoring by trained professionals. With constant monitoring, you’ll never be alone in watching over your home. Professionals can alert you to potential dangers and contact emergency professionals for you—even if you’re miles away.

Remotely arm and disarm your alarm system
The ADT Pulse® app gives you total control over your entire Atlanta home security system—right from your fingertips. Choose “arm away” or “arm stay,” get notified about broken sensors, and even set up alerts when your home is unarmed, with this convenient app.

Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
Not every threat to your household is a human one. Excessive carbon monoxide levels are a silent and invisible danger that require consistent monitoring to help guarantee the air quality that you and your family breathe. ADT carbon monoxide detectors can sense an unhealthy rise in this toxic gas so you and your household can get to safety immediately.

Similarly, a fire can start small with only smoke as the telltale warning sign. But unless you’re in a nearby room, it could go undetected until it’s too late. With ADT smoke detectors, you’ll be the first to know about a fire threat and can gain life-saving minutes in an emergency.

Immediate emergency help
Once your ADT system senses and triggers sensor or alarm, ADT professionals will contact you or emergency personnel in the event that you are unable to answer. No matter what situation you are in, ADT is always ready to assist during an emergency.

Streamline Your Home with ADT Atlanta Home Automation

ADT home automation in Atlanta boosts the security and convenience of your household. Take a look at the following features to see just how streamlined your home can be. (Equipment and features may vary by state and provider. Please speak with a representative for available equipment in your area).

Speak to Alexa for voice-controlled automation
After your home has been filled with home security and automation equipment, you’re ready to take it to the next level with voice control. Amazon Echo’s Alexa(™)  connects with your security system features and allows you to control any setting with just the sound of your voice.

Multitask like never before, since you don’t have to put down what you’re doing to change a setting. Cooking up a meal while the oven is heating up the kitchen but don’t want to have to wash your hands to turn down the thermostat? Simply speak your desired changes to Alexa, and she’ll make the adjustments for you.

Video surveillance
Have an eye on the ground at home every moment of the day with ADT video surveillance. When paired with motion detectors, security cameras catch suspicious activity and alert you to potential danger—right through your smartphone. Plus, you can view photos of out-of-the-ordinary events so you can fully address threats as they happen.

See your doorstep from anywhere with an ADT Video Doorbell
With an ADT video doorbell, you can see and speak with, anyone who comes to your doorstep—even if you’re not there. Busy doing the dishes but want to tell a delivery person where to leave your long-awaited package?  Or, away on vacation to the Florida Keys but want to let in the neighbor check on your cat? No matter your location, appear present to potential burglars or available to friends and family with an ADT video doorbell.

Smart thermostat
ADT has a solution for those sweltering Atlanta summers. Smart thermostats help you save money by adapting settings to your routine in the most efficient way. Normally turn down the air a couple degrees when you’re headed to sleep? Turn the heat up in the morning while you’re getting ready for work? ADT smart thermostats observe and memorize your daily habits and adapt settings to your routine. You’ll help the environment and save on utilities by using less energy over time.

Remote lighting control
Headed to a post-work dinner and know you’ll be home after dark? Use the ADT app to switch on a light or two from your smartphone once the sun goes down. You’ll come home to a safely lit household and decrease your chances of becoming the victim of a property crime, whether you live in Midtown or Adamsville.

Personalized settings
With an ADT monitored security system, there’ll be no need to tweak the same settings for your needs every day. Design custom settings specifically for your unique lifestyle without lifting a finger throughout the day. Automated security settings allow for an efficient routine, giving you added time to think about the most important parts of life.

Living Safely in Atlanta

Overall, we’d say with a well-chosen neighborhood and a home equipped with a time-tested ADT monitored security system by America’s #1 security company, Atlanta makes for a fantastic destination for long-term living. Packed with security and home automation features, ADT Monitoring’s top-of-the-line security will help keep you and your family safe no matter where you call home.

 

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Feb13

Top Family Guard Dogs by State

by Laura Schmitz on February 13, 2018

Americas Favorite Guard Dog Breeds

Man’s best friend. The beast at the threshold. A member of the family. A family dog can be a very effective addition when seeking to secure your home and loved ones.

But which dog breeds are most effective at helping to keep burglars at bay? At Your Local Security, an ADT Premier Authorized Provider, we took Certapet’s recent picks for top guard dogs and input those breeds into Google trend data to discover the most favored protective canines in America. Take a sniff at our list of the most popular guard dog breeds in each state.

 

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Akita

With roots as guard dogs for Japanese royalty, the Akita breed has a strong and powerful stance with a large head and alert eyes, making it appear ready for anything. Affectionate with family members but aloof with newcomers, the Akita makes for a dependable companion and effective family guard dog.

-> Most popular in: Arizona, Hawaii

Akita

 

American Pit Bull Terrier

While Pit Bulls have been given unfair side glances for years for being subjected to illegal training as fighters, this is not their natural disposition. Friendly, submissive, and cuddly with their “pack,” this athletic breed makes for fantastic family pets and guard dogs with their visibly strong jaws and deep, loud barks.

-> Most popular in: Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina

American Pit Bull Terrier

 

American Staffordshire Terrier

Like the Pit Bull, the American Staffordshire Terrier was once bred for dog fighting, but aggressive tendencies have since been bred away. Though friendly and affectionate to its people, this breed’s secure demeanor, muscular build, and buoyant stride still make it an imposing presence to an outsider.

-> Most popular in: Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia

American Stafford Terrier

 

Belgian Tervuren

 These intelligent, attentive, curious herding dogs are full of energy and eager to work. Belgian Tervurens possess a confident personality and a dense fur coat, making them perfect for actively protecting homes with big yards in even the most frigid winter climates.

-> Most popular in: Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington

Belgian Tervuren

 

Boerboel

 Originally bred as a property-guarding dog in South Africa, the Boerboel is a self confident, athletic, reliable breed with a brave disposition and intuitive protectiveness over what it regards as its territory. The Boerboel makes for a fantastic home protector.

-> Most popular in: District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina

Boerboel

 

Boxer

 This energetic, athletic breed is playful and lighthearted with family but can be a daunting presence to outsiders with its bounding gait and muscular frame. When given sufficient exercise and training, Boxers make for faithful, fun, and active guardians.

-> Most popular in: Kentucky, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Boxer

 

Cane Corso

 Equipped with a large, muscular build, intent eyes, and sizable head and neck, this Italian property-guarding breed displays an assured, dominant air sure to garner alarm in a potential burglar. Their reserve toward outsiders combined with affection for their owners makes the Cane Corso well suited for the job of guarding your residence.

-> Most popular in: Delaware, Ohio

Cane Corso Italiano

 

Caucasian Shepherd

 Don’t let the poofy fur fool you. This dog is bred to guard livestock, so it is ready to stand in the way of anything that threatens what it sees as its own to protect, including its family. A nimble mover and distrusting of visitors, the Caucasian Shepherd is a great pick to help keep an eye on your property.

-> Most popular in: Wyoming

Caucasian Shepherd

 

Doberman Pinscher

 With the help of several Hollywood hits, this breed has reputation for not wavering in the face of danger. Dobermans don’t stop at just looking tough either—they can display a powerful force of attack when provoked, making them one of the most formidable options for a guard dog.

-> Most popular in: Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas

Doberman Pinscher

 

Fila Brasileiro

 Unlikely to approach gleefully when seeing an approaching person, the Fila Brasileiro breed is instinctively cautious with visitors. They need to know that a person is safe before forging a bond, giving them a natural aptitude for helping to keep a home safe.

-> Most popular in: Alaska

Fila Brasileiro

 

German Shepherd

 It’s no coincidence that police forces across the nation often choose this naturally protective breed as their go-to canine compatriots. Fiercely loyal, hard-working, and highly trainable, German Shepherds are gentle around those they love with a healthy dose of caution around strangers.

-> Most popular in: South Dakota, West Virginia

German Shepherd

 

Giant Schnauzer

 A working breed, the Giant Schnauzer is true to its name. This very large dog is alert, aware, muscular, and athletic. As long as it gets plenty of exercise, the Giant Schnauzer can make an excellent, protective addition to any family home.

-> Most popular in: Oklahoma, Utah

Giant Schnauzer

 

Great Dane

 This breed’s sheer size is sure to illicit intimidation even in those well acquainted with canines. Carrying a noble and dignified appearance, the Great Dane is as grand in size as it is in devotion. This blend of traits makes it a wonderful guard dog for families with young children.

-> Most popular in: Wisconsin

Great Dane

 

Great Pyrenees

 Naturally serene and even tempered, Great Pyrenees dogs have a statuesque appearance with a thick, soft white coat. Bred for guarding sheep and packing a large bark in their even larger frame, they are sure to cause a jolt of surprise in a potential burglar.

-> Most popular in: North Dakota

Great Pyrenees

 

Great Swiss Mountain Dog

 Built for the towering mountains of Switzerland, this beautifully tri-colored breed is tough, strong, and agile. Relaxed in a home environment but enjoying good working exercise outside, the “Swissy” makes an excellent family guard dog.

-> Most popular in: Montana, New Hampshire

Great Swiss Mountain Dog

 

Komondor

 Born with unusual cord-like strands of fur that extend to the ground, the Komondor was bred to protect and blend in with sheep. The Komondor’s inclination to be wary of those it doesn’t know but friendly with its pack gives it an ideal guard dog temperament.

-> Most popular in: Idaho, Iowa

Komondor

 

Kuvasz

 This independent, courageous breed will not shy away from employing offensive measures toward anything that threatens its property or loved ones, including potential criminals. Bred for hundreds of years to guard livestock, the Kuvasz is well suited to guard your family.

-> Most popular in: Kansas, Minnesota

Kuvasz

 

Moscow Watchdog

 Created in Russia to help stave off crime, the Moscow Watchdog is a mix of breeds, including a Saint Bernard and Caucasian Shepherd. It instinctually  protects, herds, and serves while maintaining  a loving disposition toward family, making it an excellent option to be a guard dog over your home.

-> Most popular in: California

Moscow Watchdog

 

Rhodesian Ridgeback

 Distinguishable by a “ridge” of backward-facing fur along its back, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was bred to hunt lions and is built to protect. This dog’s combination of being great with kids but reserved with outsiders makes it an ideal candidate for helping to theft-proof your home.

-> Most popular in: Colorado

Rhodesian Ridgeback

 

Rottweiler

 Not many burglars would stay long when confronted by a Rottweiler. This powerful, sturdy breed is not immediately trusting of strangers and has been known to bite when openly threatened. With proper love and training as a puppy, Rottweilers are affectionate with their families and receptive to instruction, perfect for helping to keep your home from becoming a target for criminals.

-> Most popular in: New Mexico, New York

Rottweiler

 

 

Some of the best family guard dogs tend to be substantial in size, loyal to loved ones, and reserved with strangers. As we can see, there are plenty of breeds to choose from that possess these valuable qualities. For more info on how to choose the best guard dog for your family, check out our Guard Dog Resource Guide.

Of course, a home security system is your best bet for safeguarding your family and property from a potential break in. With Protect Your Home’s selection of ADT Monitored home security packages, you’re sure to find an option to help protect your home—with or without a fluffy guardian in the backyard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: All research and data collected by Your Local Security in conjunction with Protect Your Home – ADT® Authorized Premier Provider.

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Jan12

What Is America Worried About? The Most Googled Safety Issues Fueling Your State’s Concerns

January 12, 2018

We look to Google® for everything we’re anxious about. Google holds all the answers—so why not flip those search queries to figure out what the American people are worried about? […]

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Dec17

Property Crime Was the Top Reported Criminal Act in the U.S. Last Year [New Report]

December 17, 2017

  It’s inconvenient and frustrating when a thief takes off with your new bike or a burglar finds a weak spot in your side entrance and steals your high-def TV. […]

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Nov16

[New Report] 73% of Americans Aren’t Afraid of Porch Pirates, But Studies Show They Should Be

November 16, 2017

Here’s How to Save Hundreds This Season by Avoiding These Holiday Thieves As more people shop for deals and purchase gifts online this Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping season, […]

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Oct16

Everybody Scream: America’s Biggest Phobias

October 16, 2017

When you invest in a home security system, you’re taking steps to quell any fears you might have about home intrusion or property theft. Worried about someone entering through the […]

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Aug30

Most Burglarized U.S. Cities Per Capita

August 30, 2017

The heat map displays each state’s most burglarized city from greatest (dark red) to least (light red). [Click to expand]     According to FBI data, over 1.5 million burglaries […]

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May30

3 Ways to Protect Your Kids’ Identities Online

May 30, 2017
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While many parents understand the basics of Internet privacy, kids may not be as knowledgeable . How can you protect your kids from would-be identity thieves and other dangerous individuals, […]

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May15

7 Awesome Tech Tools to Keep Kids Safe Online

May 15, 2017

When you can’t get your kids to stop texting at dinner, technology seems more foe than friend. But if you think new technology only widens the gap between you and […]

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